This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts
and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.
It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Last Week's Adventures
Actually, here is a round up of the last two weeks of reading! I took off last Monday because I was celebrating my weekend at ALA!
Check out this new transitional chapter book series - Jasmine Toguchi.
A mentor text for your nonfiction picture book collection - Can An Aardvark Bark?
Don't miss this new middle grade novel - Bubbles
A new interactive book to entice all readers - Say Zoop!
My 2018 Mock Geisel long list...so far!
My 2018 Mock Sibert long list...so far!
My 2018 Mock Newbery long list...so far!
My 2018 Mock Caldecott long list...so far!
Claymates by Dev Petty
How I love holding this book in my hands! I first read it at NCTE 2016. June seemed so far away. This book is not only hilarious, it is so inventive and creative, it's going on my Mock Caldecott! Make sure you find a copy!
Life by Cynthia Rylant
This book is clutch to your heart beautiful! I was just at ALA where I saw Brendan Wenzel accept his 2017 Caldecott Honor award for We All Saw a Cat. While I loved the illustrations in that book, this one will take your breath away even more. Just amazing. The text is beautiful too in the message it relays to the reader. I think this book would make a great read aloud to discuss the deep message that is conveyed through the deceptively short text. This book will make a great graduation or baby shower gift.
After the Fall by Dan Santat
THIS is Dan Santat at his best. I loved Beekle, but this one may even surpass it. Illustrations are fantastic, perfect color palette. The message in this book will hit home with readers. Great conversations about not giving up, trying when it's hard, determination. Do not miss this book this fall!
publishes October 3rd
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett
Classic Barnett-Klassen. Laugh out loud funny yet still quirky. It's a must pre-order.
publishes Oct. 10th
Don't Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward
Perfect for the young reader! Told from the perspective of a lost toy dinosaur. Love how Lindsay Ward pieces together her artwork!
publishes January 1st
Bizzy Mizz Lizzie by David Shannon
I enjoyed all of the different takes on how bees would do things - from getting straight Bs (because in the bee world that's better than As) to being a member of the Junior Honey Scouts! Will be a cute read aloud!
publishes Oct. 10th
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt
Understanding identity starts at a very young age. This is a book that asks tough questions that aren't really supposed to be understood by young children, but gets them to think about who they are. With the amazing artwork of Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, this book is a must-have for classroom discussions!
publishes Sept. 12th
Small by Gina Perry
Love this sweet little book! Told from the perspective of a child - looks at the world around her and shares what makes her feel small and what makes her feel big! I love how it's the girl's perspective because what makes her feel small are often things that we don't notice as adults. I think young readers will see themselves within this story!
publishes Aug. 1st
The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul
Told in the vein of Kelly DiPucchio's Everyone Loves Bacon/Everyone Loves Cupcake and Laurie Keller's Arnie the Doughnut. Full of puns, readers are sure to laugh and come back for more!
publishes Aug. 29th
Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine
Warning - Mock Caldecott alert! This book is absolutely going on my list!
Full of imagination and creativity - I can't wait to share this book with young readers. Beautiful words by Esenwine and AMAZING illustrations by Fred Koehler. Don't miss this one!
publishes Sept. 19th
Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske
I enjoyed this story about Kat who is dealing with her mom's OCD with cleaning and germs. We see how this illness takes over her mom and then affects Kat. The kids in the story are in fifth grade, which makes this story accessible to younger middle grade readers. The only complaint I have about that is there is discussion of menstruation. It's a very small scene in the book, but I know many teachers who will not put in in the classroom because of that. That scene would have made more sense if the characters were older (yes, I know fifth graders get their periods, but because this book will appeal to younger readers, I also know teachers and parents who will complain... just putting it out there). I also did not like the best friend. I don't think she really understood how her actions were selfish. Bottom line, I think this story - the plot and the characters - will appeal to readers.
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie
This is another book that I am giving just a few details because I'll have a much longer post closer to the release date. In the meantime, just know that you need to have it on your must-purchase list! This is a PERFECT book for readers who are looking for something just a bit spooky that actually is a great book about friendship.
publishes Oct. 10th
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
This book is everything everybody is saying about it. Brilliant. Relevant. Important.
I'll have a post coming out closer to release date.
publishes September 26th
Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst
This would be a great book to use with teachers who are ready for a change from whole group lessons, novels. This book goes into some discussion and ideas without giving every little detail.
This was a good book for me just to cement ideas and beliefs that I have about teaching reading with readers.
I really liked the Book-Head-Heart concept that is introduced in this book. I saw a tweet about it early last fall but never got into it, needed the additional information this book provided. I'm looking forward to trying it out in the fall.
Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
Love the characters and the way Beasley wraps them around your heart!
Patina by Jason Reynolds
I want to savor this one!
Happy July Reading to all!